Over 1,600 Students & Educators to Get First Viewing of ‘The Nutcracker’

Highmark & Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Present Dec. 4, Student Matinee Performance

More than 1,600 students and educators will fill the Benedum Center on Friday to kick off Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s month-long run of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Sponsored by Highmark, the Student Matinee performance starts at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Benedum.

Infographic: The Nutcracker Fun Facts

150+ characters. 210 costumes. 5 elaborate scenes. With its sweeping scope and rich texture, The Nutcracker reveals new secrets with each viewing. Peek behind the curtain of the "most lavish (holiday production) in Pittsburgh and get a sense of what it takes to make magic!


Artist Spotlight: JoAnna Schmidt

Top 5 Nutcracker Moments

Corps de Ballet dancer JoAnna Schmidt estimates that she's danced in at least 200 performances of The Nutcracker. Yet whether it's a new role, a fresh perspective or a surprise detail, this show always offers something magical to discover. As she prepares to add the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy to her repertoire, JoAnna shares the Top 5 Nutcracker moments that she holds close to her heart.


PBT Season Trailer Takes Gold in International Competition

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2015-2016 Season trailer took both the gold and silver medal in the Online Film/Video category at the 2015 Davey Awards, an international competition that honors the achievements of smaller agencies that "derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheri

PBT Remembers Founding Chair Loti Falk Gaffney

This week, the Pittsburgh arts community lost an irreplaceable woman - Loti Falk Gaffney, PBT's founding board chair and long-time inspiration.  In her honor, it is PBT’s privilege to share this video tribute, produced by WQED, to her irrepressible energy, her beautiful spirit and her unstoppable drive to uplift her community. 


Dance Medicine Professionals Converge in Pittsburgh

Last week, more than 400 members of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science converged on Pittsburgh for a three-day meeting focusing on improving clinician care for dancers. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre family could not have been more thrilled to participate. 

First, more than 100 meeting attendees filled PBT Studios on Thursday to observe PBT dancers in working rehearsals for the company's intensely phyiscal season opener, Mixed Repertory #1, onstage Oct. 23-25, at the Benedum. 

Learning on the Move

Guest Post: Education Director Christina Salgado

This is part of a series on PBT’s involvement in the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Learn more about IADMS at

In creative movement class, children might be birds in flight or dinosaurs in motion. Scarves flutter through the air, hula hoops spin. Imaginations soar as they explore their space.  The possibilities are endless. 

Artist Spotlight: Gabrielle Thurlow

Glimpse a Recent Rehearsal Day

From the showmanship of Western Symphony to the physicality of William Forsythe, it's all in a day's work for a PBT dancer. In celebration of World Ballet Day, PBT Soloist Gabrielle Thurlow took over PBT's Instagram and shared a typical rehearsal day for PBT's season opener, Mixed Repertory #1, which features a trio of trailblazing ballets. Here, Thurlow shares her excitement for the program, plus Instagram exclusives. 



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A Leap Forward for Dance Medicine

PBT Physical Therapist Shares Insights on IADMS Meeting

This is part of a series on PBT’s involvement in the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Learn more about IADMS at


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre shares a key advantage with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins – the specialized medical care of the UPMC Sports Medicine team.

Welcoming Dance Medicine & Science Professionals to Pittsburgh

Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr Shares a Slice of his Keynote Speech for 25th Annual Conference

Above: Terrence S. Orr and company members with Dr. Freddie Fu, Dr. Vonda Wright and members of the UPMC Sports Medicine team.